Iraqi forces storm Mosul airport in bid to retake city
Feb.23, Mosul: Iraqi security forces have launched an attack on Mosul airport, a key part of the government's offensive to drive so-called Islamic State (IS) militants from the western half of the city, media reports said.
Military police have entered the airport and taken over the runway but have come under fire from IS militants in airport buildings, AP said.
They have also entered a nearby military base amid further clashes, a military spokesman said.
The airport's runway had already been destroyed by IS, but media report said it still has value. It's a large piece of land, and controlling it will help secure southern routes to west Mosul, our correspondent says.
The assault began with overnight air strikes by the US-led coalition before armoured columns advanced to the airport's perimeter.
The Oslo Times International News Network